China Free Trade Agreement, and Paul Holmes

Air New Zealand sends Paul Holmes to China so he’ll talk about it on his radio show – for the few remaining months he has left on air.

Surely people (his listeners) will see through his probable ramblings about China for what it will be…blatant advertising.

He wasn’t a formal guest of the government party, but gate-crashed the gig. Officials found him a place at the after-match function, hopefully near the toilets at the back of the room.

Meanwhile the Stuff newsite runs a poll on whether we think that a FTA (PDF Document) with China is a good thing. The consensus is overwhelmingly NO. At 8.35pm tonight 81% disagreed with the deal.

I’m guessing that most of those people are against it because of the situation in Tibet. That’s an OK thing to be upset about but it’s naive to suggest that we should stop trade, or we should not try to improve our trade position with a country as big as China because of Tibet, or because of China’s lack of human rights. If we boycotted everything that was made in China most of the appliances in our house would become unusable (because of the Chinese components). The Warehouse would shut (shock, horror). It’d be damn near impossible to exist in our modern, consumer driven world.

Perhaps this is too idealistic, but, with our newly found Favoured Nation status we could have more influence than before over issues such as human rights. And as the free trade flows between China and New Zealand, and the wage rates and living standards rise in the Chinese economy the Chinese government will need to grant more rights to its people. As the economy grows the Chinese people will demand this of their government.

We have just established a trade agreement with the biggest country on earth. Good for us!

One thought on “China Free Trade Agreement, and Paul Holmes”

  1. Clearly, by trading with China we are continuing to increase our trade deficit by billions every year. Our unemployment rate in the United States is increasing because we can no longer afford to manufacture goods in the United States, due to the low prices of China. Do you know why the prices are so low in China? It is because they are having children produce these goods in sweat shops for very minimal pay. They are also having prisoners in labor camps produce these products. Do you know why they are putting these people in labor camps? These “prisoners” so to speak are getting put into jail because they believe in democracy and are going against their communist government.
    How much are you really willing to save knowing that these innocent people are making your clothing in torturous conditions? Where are your morals people? Trade in China should not be stopped completely, but we should definitely try to reduce trade and start buying goods that are made on our own soil. This will lower unemployment rates and in turn boost our economy.

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